by AG Padilla

A total of 3, 750 kilograms of ginger rhizomes were distributed by the Department of Agriculture – Western Visayas (DA-WV) to the targeted towns of Iloilo and Guimaras Province since September 2019 up to the present as a constant effort to execute the DA’s regular program for ginger within the region amidst the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Since September last year, 2,150 kilograms were delivered to the Province of Guimaras and to the municipalities of Pototan, Badiangan and Passi City, Iloilo and recently, a total of 1,600 kilograms were distributed in Janiuay. The town of Balete in Aklan was also among the recipients.

“This program aims to encourage the farmers to produce more ginger that they can sell to public markets and institutional processors of salabat and other health drinks. Now that ECQ is being extended, we are urging households to plant spices commodities that they can use for their consumption,” said Jonifer F. Frades, High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) focal person.

In a way, the dispersal of ginger rhizomes done by DA-WV is geared to promote ginger enterprise as these can be sold to markets and can be mixed through processors with turmeric, malunggay, lemon grass or tanglad and other healthy ingredients that could boost our immune system to fight off diseases. Likewise, the DA-WV deems this distribution timely as the planting season for ginger is the onset of rainy season which is most likely be on the upcoming months of May to June.